The latest set of four

The latest set of four is really good.  The best set I have made to date.  They all sound great.  Two of them, the walnut & redwood kasha and the ambrosia silver maple & redwood are already spoken for, but it is hard to let them go.  A mother hen likes to keep the new chicks close.

All the instruments in this set involve two new structural elements.   They all have radiused fingerboards and side sound ports.  A radiused fingerboard is supposed to make playing, particularly the playing of barre chords, easier since a slightly rounded fingerboard cross section mirrors the shape of a finger.  Not being a player, I can not really comment on this, but on the small scale of a ukulele I kind of have to question whether it really makes much of a difference.  A radiused fingerboard does complicate the build process however.

A side sound port is designed to project more sound up to the player.  I was a bit skeptical, but with these four there is a really noticeable difference in the sound between having the sound port open, and covering it with your hand.  A sound port seems to make the instrument sound more lively and also seems to increase the volume.  They seem to add a lot and are not that difficult construction-wise once I got things worked out.

For most of what I build these days the back and sides started with me and a chain saw, along with fingerboard and bridge material. Bold items below started with me and a chain saw or at least started with rough boards from a local source.

The latest four, from left to right:
Kasha tenor – Port Orford Cedar top, sycamore back & sides, koa binding, radiused Florida black olive fingerboard & bridge, koa headplate, side sound port.

Kasha tenor -recycled redwood top, black walnut back & sides, sycamore binding, radiused casuarina fingerboard, bridge & headplate, side sound port.

Tenor – recycled redwood top, ambrosia curly silver maple back & sides, ancient bog oak binding, radiused Richlite fingerboard, ebony bridge & headplate, side sound port.

Tenor – Pennsylvania red cedar top, curly ash back & sides, east indian rosewood binding, radiused bocote fingerboard, bridge & headplate, side sound port.

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